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The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer - Waterstones Exclusive Edition (Paperback)
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The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer - Waterstones Exclusive Edition (Paperback)

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Contains an exclusive Q&A with Kate Summerscale

The gripping, fascinating account of a shocking murder case that sent late Victorian Britain into a frenzy, by the number one bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

'Her research is needle-sharp and her period detail richly atmospheric, but what is most heartening about this truly remarkable book is the story of real-life redemption that it brings to light' John Carey, Sunday Times

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow brick terraced house in east London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning family valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. During this time nobody saw or heard from their mother, though the boys told neighbours she was visiting relatives. As the sun beat down on the Coombes house, an awful smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, what they found in one of the bedrooms sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read.

In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality - it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408890639
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“A detailed account of a gruesome matricide”

Having read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher a few years ago, I expected this to be good and Summerscale did not disappoint. A detailed account of a shocking and gruesome matricide committed by a 13 year old boy,... More

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“Real-life told as an artful story”

Kate Summerscale's newest work follows the trend of her previous works; in taking the factual, she pieces together a story that reads as, and is as compelling as any work of fiction. I was fortunate enough to... More

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“Brilliant - as always!”

It's not often that I'll put the fiction I'm reading aside for non-fiction, but there are exceptions and when my copy of Kate Summerscale's latest finally arrived I was instantly hooked. As always... More

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